Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Finnegan's Wake Is Closing

I am heartbroken.  June 19th will be Finnegan's Wake's last day of operations, confirmed by a confoundedly cheerful employee I spoke to on the phone. I am bereft. I was there just recently having a long lunch with George who kindly posed in his dapper sun hat outside the place.
In many respects Finnegan's Wake represents, or represented, the best type of pub from the British Isles, in my opinion. We in the Colonies have retained a largely fictionalized  version of the infamous British pub, once a place where people went to sip (warm) beer and chat with neighbors while their Labrador curled up at their feet. Nowadays pubs tend to be more like bars with entertainment, and less like country clubs. Finnegan's Wake did yield to the times inasmuch as a few television screens popped up on the walls but the atmosphere was how I liked it, quiet, dark and friendly. With an excellent, dare I say unrivaled, range of draught beers from Ireland and Britain.     
I have to say the food at Finnegan's Wake has been excellent too, notwithstanding the reputation, largely undeserved, of  modern food from that part of the world. Finnegan's Wake is not the only game in town so it seems I shall have to break the fondest habit of this lifetime and try -gasp- somewhere different when I want a quiet pint. Hmm. I have to say I was also delighted that my favorite, now also defunct  food blogger liked the place: Prissy In Paradise.

None of which means a thing when the decision has been made to close. Who knows why, but one has to accept it's time is up. Another thing I don't know is why the apostrophe. I hadn't actually noticed it but years ago reading Joy Williams' superb Guide To The Florida Keys she made some tart remark about the addition of the apostrophe to what might otherwise be taken as a reference to James  Joyce's seminal work. I really don't give a toss about that. I do give a toss about bangers and mash and proper draught beer that doesn't taste like the battery acid flavored modern craft IPA beers that young people love (and are also available at Finnegan's for the perverse). All that matters is that  after June 19th it's all over. Change sucks. 

9 comments:

Ric Kaysen said...

Very upsetting

Trobairitz said...

I really hate it when a favorite place closes. I wonder what shall open in its place or if it will just stay closed.

bob skoot said...

Mr Conchscooter:

In your photo I only see one patron seated at the bar. Otherwise it seems empty. Hard to continue a business without customers. Perhaps you should have gone there more often . . .

spoke to Riepe yesterday. He's still breathing.

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Conchscooter said...

Finnegan's is very popular. Not necessarily at 3 in the afternoon. I try to avoid crowds.

Dirk Disco said...

No decent BBQ on this rock and starting June 19th, no decent Shepard's Pie either.

Conchscooter said...

Could one see a double barreled solution..? Unfortunately the new owners have said nothing about the future of the spot so I expect the worst. Certainly no one is promising to keep things going...Bye bye Boddington's on draught and Old Speckled Hen will be gone too. Bangers and Shepherd's as you say Bugger.

Danette Baltzer said...

That's too bad. Pretty sad.

Danette Baltzer said...

That's too bad. Pretty sad.

George Collins said...

Oh no! This is a disaster. First The Top at La Concha, now Finnegan's Wake. What's next?

Glad that at least we were able to squeeze in our recent lunches...